The Council of the Great Lakes Region is a binational nonprofit organization that is dedicated to deepening the United States-Canada relationship in the Great Lakes Region. Its focus is on creating a stronger and more dynamic culture of collaboration in harnessing the region’s economic strengths and assets, improving the well-being and prosperity of the Region’s citizens, and protecting the Great Lakes for future generations. It achieves this mandate by conducting evidenced based policy research, connecting diverse perspectives at events like the Great Lakes Economic Forum, and acting as a strong voice for the Region’s varied economic, social and environmental interests.
Pollution Probe is a national, not-for-profit, charitable organization that exists to improve the health and well-being of Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive, tangible environmental change. Pollution Probe has a proven track record of working in successful partnership with industry and government to develop practical solutions for shared environmental challenges.
Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC), a registered charity, has been forefront of Hamilton Harbour restoration issues for 30 years. Through education and volunteer programs, community engagement, and city-wide collaboration BARC improves the communities relationships and understanding of water issues.
Georgian Bay Forever is a charity dedicated to scientific research and public education on Georgian Bay's aquatic ecosystem. Its mission is to protect, enhance, and restore the aquatic ecosystem of Georgian Bay by funding accredited research on water levels, water quality, and ecosystems; by educating the public and governments on issues regarding the environmental protection, conservation, the safety and preservation of the water and the natural features of the Georgian Bay area of Ontario; and by enhancing the public's appreciation for their environment.
Enviropod are proud partners in the Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup project. Enviropod develops and supplies innovative catch basin technologies that prevent plastics and other pollutants reaching our waterways. Established in 1996, Enviropod has installed over 50,000 of their patented catch basin inserts worldwide & has developed the LittaTrap™ to address the increase in pollutants, particularly plastic, reaching the waterways.
Boating Ontario proudly represents over 500 member companies throughout the province of Ontario including private & municipal marina operators, boat dealers, brokers and suppliers in Ontario’s diverse recreational boating industry. Boating Ontario, through collaboration and partnerships, provide all of its members with critical and regulatory support for all aspects of their business through information, advice, direction as well as practical money-saving programs. Ultimately its goal is to collaboratively increase the recreational boating market and promote the lifestyle enjoyed by those already involved in the industry.
PortsToronto is a government business enterprise that proudly owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, which welcomes more than two million passengers each year; the Outer Harbour Marina, one of Canada's largest freshwater marinas; and Terminals 51 and 52, which provide marine transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port of Toronto.
Poralu Marine is a global leader in the design, manufacturing, and installation of top-range pontoons and marina systems. With over thirty years of experience delivering 8,000 projects in 5 continents, Poralu Marine offers functional, durable, attractive, and environmentally-friendly marinas and equipment from conception to completion. Poralu Marine devotes most of its efforts to being in the forefront of marine technology, innovation, and sustainability to maintain its position as unparalleled experts in the yachting community and marine world. It is the exclusive worldwide manufacturer for the Seabin Project.
Water Products & Solutions is a leading supplier of environmental technologies for waterways. It is the exclusive supplier of Seabin technology in North America.
The U of T Trash Team is a science-based community outreach group made up of undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, researchers, local volunteers and staff all working together with a common goal to increase waste literacy in our community while reducing plastic pollution in our ecosystems. They were founded in 2017 in collaboration with the Rochman Lab, part of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. The U of T Trash team aims to connect people and increase literacy concerning material consumption and waste with fun, creative and practical actions. They use education, public outreach and scientific research to deliver evidence-based solutions to decrease solid waste and promote a circular economy.
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Environment and Climate Change Canada is the lead federal department for a wide range of environmental issues. The department addresses these issues through various actions including the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change; engaging with our strategic partners including provinces, territories and Indigenous peoples; monitoring; science-based research; policy and regulatory development; and, through the enforcement of environmental laws. The department's programs focus on minimizing threats to Canadians and their environment from pollution; equipping Canadians to make informed decisions on weather, water and climate conditions; and conserving and restoring Canada's natural environment.
NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life healthier, easier and safer. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to Sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.